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Down Devils don't go out vs. Indians

February 03, 2009|By CHRIS CARTER

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle-Antrim boys basketball team won't be playing in the postseason this year.

But that didn't stop the Blue Devils from playing with a bit of playoff intensity Monday night in their home finale against Waynesboro.

Greencastle made 15 of its last 21 shots from the field - 5 of 7 from beyond the arc - and coasted to a 63-49 Mid-Penn Capital win to split the season series with the Indians.

"I'm really proud of our guys," said Greencastle coach Garon Gembe. "After Saturday's loss eliminated us from postseason play, they could have thrown in the towel. I walked in the locker room earlier and the seniors were really focused. They wanted to end at home with a win against their rival."

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Even better for the Blue Devils (8-12, 5-5), they spoiled a share of the division title for Waynesboro. Had the Indians won, they would have split the Capital crown with Scotland - the same team that knocked Greencastle from playoff contention Saturday.

Waynesboro (11-10, 6-4) dropped its fourth straight game.

"We're just going through a difficult stretch right now," said Indians coach Tom Hoffman. "Sometimes it's like Murphy's Law takes over and things go bad. ... They're a frustrated group of young men right now and there's not a lot of time left to fix it."

The four-game skid for Waynesboro is its longest of three losing streaks this season. The Indians host Chambersburg in their final regular season game before the Class AAA District 3 playoffs next week - even though it appeared Greencastle might be better suited to play in them.

Trailing 19-14 with two minutes left in the first half, the Blue Devils got 3-pointers from D.J. Cordell and Jerrick Gembe to take their first lead at 20-19.

The Blue Devils stayed hot and outscored Waynesboro 14-5 to open the third quarter. They went 9-for-12 from the floor in the period and led 41-34 heading into the fourth quarter.

"One of the things we talked about at halftime was to be more aggressive and attack with the ball offensively," Garon Gembe said. "At the other end, (Waynesboro) didn't shoot very well from 3-point range and it allowed us to stay in our zone."

Waynesboro made just 2 of 16 shots from long range and went 15-for-41 (36.6 percent) for the game. The Indians missed all six of their 3s in the fourth quarter, yet pulled to within 46-41 on Tim Null's three-point play with 5:34 left.

Greencastle's Christian Hoover answered by scoring six straight points - four from the foul line - to give the Blue Devils a 52-41 edge and the margin never fell below nine points.

Hoover finished with 15 points and five assists while Grant Meyers and Trevor Ile each added 10 points and five rebounds for Greencastle. Adam Ritchey had seven points, nine rebounds and five assists.

Null led Waynesboro with 20 points and nine rebounds, Nathan Kauffman scored 10 and Jamison Walck added nine before fouling out.

Greencastle 63, Waynesboro 49
WAYNESBORO (11-10, 6-4)

Moats 7, Baker 3, Kauffman 10, Walck 9, Null 20. Totals 15 17-26 49.
GREENCASTLE-ANTRIM (8-12, 5-5)
Zeger 5, Ritchey 7, Ile 10, Pool 2, G. Meyers 10, Hoover 15, Trefelner 1, Gembe 3, Frick 2, Cordell 8. Totals 19 18-30 63.
Waynesboro 7 12 15 15 - 49
Greencastle 6 14 21 22 - 63

3-point goals - Waynesboro 2 (Moats, Baker); Greencastle 5 (Ritchey, Ile, Gembe, Cordell 2). Fouled out - Walck. Technical foul - Walck 2. JV - Greencastle, 46-29 (W: Tyler Roxby 10; G: Seth Sprague 11).

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